Collingwood blames Strauss' dog
Former England captain Paul Collingwood has joked that he knew Andrew Strauss was considering retirement after he bought a dog last year, saying a pet indicated a desire to stay at home.
Strauss announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket on Wednesday, surprising everyone who had assumed he would just be stepping down as England Test captain. The armband was handed over to Alastair Cook, and Strauss seemed at ease with his decision.
The Durham skipper joked in the Telegraph: "I know for a fact he bought a dog a year ago and I told him at the time that if he's bought a dog then retirement is just around the corner.
"You don't buy a dog for it to sit in the house while you're abroad in India! I think it was always in his back of his mind that this would be a good time to go."
While Collingwood may have been kidding about the dog being to blame, Strauss admitted in his press conference that he had been thinking about retiring for six months to a year, citing his lack of form as the main factor.
He denied that the Kevin Pietersen fiasco over the past month had anything to do with his thinking. Collingwood emphasised the common belief that Strauss was a man much respected in the England dressing room, despite the recent furor.
Colly said: "Straussy is a down to earth lad. We called him Lord Brocket because he's got a posh, loud voice but he can go up to anybody and relate to them. I think that's one of his massive strengths.
"He's an overall great guy, a great team man and hopefully the values and the ethics that he has brought to the team will continue over the next few years.
"There's no better time for him to go, his last Test match was at Lord's, his 100th Test match. There's a lot of fairytale stuff in there. It's a sad time in many ways but I'm delighted for him because of what a wonderful career he's had."